Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta reflects on Eden Hazard's struggles since Real Madrid switch

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Chelsea skipper César Azpilicueta has shared his thoughts on former teammate Eden Hazard's stint at Real Madrid.

Since his move to Spain for a reported sum of £130 million, Hazard, who led Chelsea to two Premier League titles during a seven-year spell in west London, has been stuck in a vicious cycle with injuries marring his time at the Spanish giants from day one.

"Eden [Hazard] is a great friend of mine and of course, it hurts me to see him like this, because he can’t show his quality, especially when he rarely missed a game here at Chelsea," said Azpilicueta, in an interview with Agencia EFE, as quoted by Managing Madrid.

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Hazard, 30, got his dream move to Madrid after years of speculation just weeks after winning the Europa League with Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri in 2019.

"He [Hazard] was a very consistent player and was always available [at Chelsea] no matter how many times he was kicked,” added the Spaniard.

"Seeing that he [Hazard] can’t have that kind of consistency and continuity hurts me and I know it hurts him as well."

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The Belgian netted 110 times for Chelsea in 352 competitive games across all competitions for the club since his move to Stamford Bridge from Lille in 2012.

The 31-year-old added: "He [Hazard] has that chip on his shoulder and there’s no doubt in my mind and once he’s able to play three or four consecutive games, he will showcase his talent.

"His [Hazard's] dream was to play for Real Madrid and he wants to prove he can do it."

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